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Bull Terrier

Bull Terrier

Bull Terriers posses many of the endearing qualities of a toddler–they’re clownish, energetic, fearless and inquisitive. But as any parent will tell you, toddlers need structure and direction. And Bullies are no different. You’ll need to spend some time training your Bull Terrier. In addition, these outgoing, muscular dogs require plenty of exercise. If you put in the hours, along with lots of love of course, Bull Terriers can become a wonderful addition to your family.





Size:
45-80 lbs.
Exercise Requirements:
Bull Terriers are very active dogs who need daily opportunities to release their energy. (If they become bored they can be rambunctious and destructive). Walks are a good start but you’ll need to up your game with this breed. Daily runs at the park or a long romp in an open field are ideal.
Mess Factor:
Expect to find some short, coarse hairs on your carpet, clothes and hands after petting.
Barking and Volume:
Like all dogs, Bull Terriers will bark occasionally but frequent woofing is not an issue with this breed. In fact, when they do make noise, listen up — these protective guys bark for good reason.
Training Requirements:
Bullies have a sincere craving for human affection so they tend to be obedient and easy to train through positive reinforcement (think: food as reward). They need adequate mental stimulation to prevent boredom. If your Bullie is going to be a family dog, a basic puppy class should be enough take you through. The early investment can prevent behavior issues in the future.
Ongoing Costs:
Health Factors: Heart, kidney, eye disease and deafness. *A reputable breeder can help prevent the risk of genetic disorders.
Grooming: Home grooming is sufficient.
Training: Basic training. A puppy class will do.
Grooming Requirements:
Because their coat is short and glossy, Bullies don’t need regular brushing. But they do shed twice a year. At this time, give them a daily rubdown with a pair of rubber gloves to remove of loose hair.
Kid Compatibility:
Bull Terriers will not tolerate teasing and this can lead to some rough play. Early socialization and regular activity will blunt their aggressive behavior considerably. If trained to be around children they can be tireless ball chasers and very protective, making them great playmates. Supervision is recommended.
Longevity:
12 years.
Friendliness: Towards Animals
Some Bullies don’t mix well with other male dogs and smaller animals like cats and hamsters. If they’re not socialized early on, they can get jealous and aggressive with other dogs. And when Bullies quarrel, it can get pretty rough — they were originally bred for combat.
Friendliness: Towards People
Guests coming into your home can expect to be greeted with enthusiasm from your Bull Terrier. Though they’re quite an independent breed, they’ll also be happy to show affection.
BE PREPARED FOR: Vigorous daily exercise requirements and an uplifting burst of energy to come home to.
Links and resources:
Clubs
The Bull Terrier Club of America BTCA
Rescues
Bull Terrier Rescue Inc
Most large cities have their own rescue organizations for the breed.
Video:
Bull Terrier plays with stick




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